Beware of exploding beer coolers

FBI warns that terrorist may booby trap coolers

June 28, 2004 - A beer lover opening a cooler on 4th of July weekend could receive unexpected fireworks.


Security officials warned of a new danger as the biggest beer drinking weekend of the year approaches. The FBI has included booby-trapped beer coolers as a potential hazard in an alert about enticing bombs.

Time magazine reported than a bulletin sent to 18,000 state and local agencies last week advised local authorities to look out for plastic-foam containers, inner tubes and other waterborne flotsam commonly seen around marinas that could be rigged to blow up on contact.